Sen. Schumer Pushes Reversal of Train Brake Edict

FONDA — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer called Friday for the federal Department of Transportation to reverse its repeal of a rule requiring trains carrying crude oil or hazardous material to be equipped with “safest available” braking system by 2023.

Standing beside the CSX main freight line stretching through the village of Fonda not far from where a double train derailment occurred five years ago, he announced his push to reinstate the provision Congress passed in the Fixing America’s Surface Transport (FAST) Act of 2015. Schumer said the requirement to install the improved braking system is critical to preventing disasters and reducing damages during a train crash.

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